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Someone Waiting


FADE IN:

INT. HOTEL CORRIDOR-ROOM - DAY (Nov 24, 2018)

Using a hotel key, PETER opens the door of room 819. We see a basic room.

PETER (V.O.)

Pretty dull and boring...Its not

inexpensive either... but its the

cheapest I could get on a

Saturday.

A pause.

PETER (Cont'd) (V.O.)

It's near the Nagasaki Port. See

if I can watch sunset.

Peter surfs the web.

PETER (Cont'd) (V.O.)

Sunset at 5.15pm?

Peter checks his watch.

PETER (Cont'd) (V.O.)

I've got 15 minutes.

MONTAGE OF PETER GOING TO THE SEASIDE

A/ Peter gets out of the room.

B/ He deposits the room key at the front desk.

C/ He exits the hotel.

D/ He looks left and right, and then up at the sky.

E/ He walks quickly in the direction of sunset rays.

F/ He waits impatiently at crossings for the green lights.

G/ He passes through several buildings.

H/ He enters into an open-air car park.

I/ He finds an exit point, crosses the median strip and arrives at a park entrance.

J/ We see the sea.

END MONTAGE

EXT. SEASIDE PARK - SUNSET

Peaceful Nagasaki Port. Except its entrance and exit, the Port is surrounded by hills, hiding the setting sun.

PETER (V.O.)

Oh, here's not a place to watch

sunset.

Peter walks along the promenade. We see him enjoying the breeze and taking occasional shots. He then passes through the lit-up restaurant area with an illuminated sign:"NAGASAKI WHARF".

INT. NAGASAKI PORT TERMINAL BUILDING - NIGHT

Ticketing counter closed. Peter reads notices.

PETER (V.O.)

I can buy Gunkanjima tour

cruise ticket here... Vacancies

for Sunday schedules... 09:00

and 13:00. Good.

EXT. PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY - NIGHT

In the dark, an illuminated sign in pink gets attention. We see:"YOU ME".

PETER (V.O.)

That's the chain mall I frequented

in Hiroshima in January this year.

He follows the lights at the ground level, finds the entrance and steps inside.

INT. YOU ME - NIGHT

Peter steps out from a DAISO store with a plastic bag in hand.

PETER (V.O.)

Great that I bought a phone

charger here. I need not worry

about the low battery notice

any more.

As he begins to massage his belly, Peter compares menu photos of restaurants on the 5/F.

PETER (V.0.)

This one concentrates on frying

oysters. I must try something

not readily available in Japan

or Hong Kong.

Peter gets inside and does his order using gestures.

A beat.

Food is put on the table. Peter takes photos before eating.

PETER (V.O.)

Wow, it's delicious and

inexpensive.

He observes customers sitting near him are all having the same set.

INT. HOTEL - DAY (Nov 25, 2018)

Peter is up. The clock registers 0815.

PETER (V.O.)

Should I take the 09:00

cruise or the 13:00 one?

MONTAGE OF PETER GETTING TO A CRUISE TOUR

A/Peter packs quickly.

B/He checks out.

C/He knows his way.

D/Then he sees people queuing up at a pier to board a boat.

E/ He rushes to the ticket office.

F/ He gets a ticket.

G/He boards the crowded boat and stays at its stern.

H/ As the boat leaves the pier, Peter checks his watch which registers 08:53.

I/ We hear engine noise and see V-shaped waves dispersing from the stern of the boat.

END MONTAGE

EXT. GUNKANJIMA SEA - DAY

As the boat approaches Gunkanjima, the stern becomes more crowded. Peter attempts to take a selfie with the island as the background.

LADY# 2 speaks to Peter in Japanese, gesturing to take a photo for him. Peter shakes his head sideways politely but let Lady#2 take his spot.

PETER (V.O.)

I 've got one. In such crowded

conditions, it's hard to take

a good photo to prove "been

there, done that".

We see on Peter's phone screen a photo of just Peter and the island, despite the crowd around him.

We hear an alarm ringing from Peter's phone. We see him deleting the 10 o'clock alarm.

PETER (V.O.)

I prefer to be here now rather

than be woken up in bed now!

INT. TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE - DAY

Holding two leaflets, Peter talks to a RECEPTIONIST.

RECEPTIONIST

(Pointing at one leaflet)

That one is a coach-ride

package tour...Taxis are outside.

Bus route 3 costing 150 Yen

would take you to the Cable

Car station. The bus stop is

just under the footbridge.

The receptionist writes some Japanese on a leaflet and passes it to Peter.

RECEPTIONIST (Cont'd)

Here's the station name in

Japanese.

PETER

Arigato Gozaimashita.

EXT. BUS STOP - NIGHT

Peter sits on a bench, waiting.

PETER (V.O.)

I feel like Tom Hanks waiting

at a bus stop in the Forrest Gump

film. I try to find out more

about myself and leave little

footprints in the real and cyber

worlds.

EXT. NAGASAKI ROPEWAY - MOUNT INASA - NIGHT

Peter is inside a cable car, capturing the Nagasaki night view. As the cable car climbs the mountain, we hear: "...The world's top three night views are Monaco, Hong Kong and Nagasaki..."

EXT. OBSERVATION DECK - NIGHT

Spectacular view. Peter captures the earthly stars from different angles.

PETER (V.O.)

While the night view may

be second to Hong Kong,

its observation deck has

an edge...

INT. HIKARI NO RESTAURANT - NIGHT

Few customers. Watching the stunning Nagasaki night from above, Peter enjoys his steak.

PETER (V.O.)

The last time I had a memorable

meal as good as this was at

Seattle's Space Needle...

We see the good moon rising.

PETER (Cont'd) (V.O.)

I should have more. And add

my life to years!

EXT. GLOVER GARDEN - DAY (Nov 26, 2018)

Walking up a slope covered with pebbles and dotted with tourists, Peter arrives at the Garden entrance. A STAFF delivers a leaflet to Peter, as he checks some notices.

STAFF

...light show...7.00pm.

PETER

(Nodding)

Thank you! I'll come back

tonight.

Peter walks around the area.

EXT-INT. MONUMENT BUILDING - DAY

We see in one column the inscription: 香港上海銀行.

PETER (V.O.)

Wow, this evidences how

prosperous was Nagasaki

over 100 years ago...

Peter steps inside and takes a few photos of the counters.

PETER (Cont'd) (V.O.)

I wonder if those working for

the Bank now would know

about this history...

EXT. GLOVER GARDEN - NIGHT

A few drops of rain. The many lights outshine the few customers. Peter looks for photogenic shots.

PETER (V.O.)

I meant to see the kingdom

of lights at Huis Ten Bosch.

But its quite far away from

here and hotels are very

expensive. This little kingdom

of lights in the historical

setting is right for me.

Peter takes videos of a garden fish pond from the verandah of a 19th C Western mansion, and from the garden, the Nagasaki Port.

Peter then hangs around the light show area. We can feel lights dancing with the show's music. He is the only one in the midst of the show.

PETER (V.O.)

Seems that tonight's show

is dedicated to me!

EXT. PEPPLE ROAD - NIGHT

Lamposts with yellow light reflections on wet pebbles. A better mood than the one during the day. Peter finds a right angle, takes a photo and checks it out.

PETER (V.O.)

Someone is waiting under a

lamp post....

Peter turns around and walks towards an empty tram car station.

PETER (Cont'd) (V.O.)

There's always someone

waiting...

FADE OUT. The End

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